7/8 Apr 2014 in Helsinki
Risk Management in Life Insurance and Variable Annuities
Organised by the EAA - European Actuarial Academy GmbH in cooperation with the Suomen Aktuaariyhdistys
Compared with 20 years ago, the current economic environment is characterised by much higher risks and also by a rapid change in the product portfolios of many insurance companies. Whereas interest rates were considerably higher in the 1980’s and 1990’s, equity markets had very good returns. This is not now the case and in consequence some insurance companies face adversities in terms of ALM and product design.
At the same time products with embedded options, both implicitly given to policyholders (such as in a with-profits fund) and also those which are explicitly sold to the policyholder in the context of variable annuities, have become more and more popular.
Both these trends necessitate a strengthening of risk management in the insurance industry and a better understanding of the underlying concepts. This seminar aims to cover these topics in some greater detail.
Purpose and Nature
The aim of this seminar is to get an understanding how financial risk management in life insurance companies works and to be able to apply the corresponding theory in the concrete context. On the first day we will focus on risk management in general and the corresponding concepts. Day two will be devoted to variable annuities, namely their product design, their valuation and the risk management intrinsic to them, including the various hedging approaches.
More concretely the aim regarding life insurance risk management is as follows:• Understand the underlying economic principles for insurance and for financial derivatives• Understand how to value insurance liabilities including their optionalities• Be able to calculate financial risks intrinsic to life insurance and to understand the main drives
Regarding variable annuities we aim to cover the following:• Understand what is a variable annuity.• Understand the different product features and how they interact.• Understand the difference between economics of insurance and of financial markets.• Understand what financial derivatives are and how they are priced.• Understand the risk management of variable annuities and their hedging.
The key focus of the seminar is to put theory into practice. This means that the seminar is split into two sections, one where theory and concepts are presented, followed by a concrete application and implementation. The former section will be based on my book ‘Life Insurance Risk Management Essentials’ (published in the EAA Series of Springer) and an additional paper regarding variable annuities. In the practical part you will use your own laptop either by means of excel or python (we expect that python 2.7.6 [freeware] from www.python.org and Microsoft Excel is installed on the participant’s laptop). Solutions for the exercises for the practical part will be made available.
All participants will receive a copy of the book ‘Life Insurance Risk Management Essentials’.
Michael Koller joined the Prudential Group in September 2011 as Group Risk Director, Analysis & Control. Prudential plc is an international financial services group with significant operations in Asia, the US and the UK and serves more than 26 million customers. Prudential has £363 billion of assets under management and are listed on stock exchanges in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and New York.Michael was previously employed with Aviva plc as Europe Chief Risk Officer. He was responsible for embedding operational risk management, de-risking Aviva Europe’s entities and implementing financial and ALM risk management for Europe.
Prior to joining Aviva, Michael was Chief Life Actuary with Partner Re. He has also held senior positions with Swiss Re and began his career at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, where he is still a professor of mathematics.
Michael has a PhD in mathematics and is a certified pension scheme expert. He regularly lectures at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and has written two books about risk management and insurance mathematics.
Michael is married with two daughters and his leisure interests include classical opera, black and white photography, skiing and walking in the mountains.
Venue & Accommodation
The seminar will take place atThe Finnish Centre for Pensions (Eläketurvakeskus)Kirjurinkatu 3 (Itä-Pasila)Helsinki, Finland
Hotel in walking distance:Holiday Inn Helsinki Exhibition and Convention CentreMessuaukio 100520 Helsinki, FinlandHotel website
We arranged an allotment at the Holiday Inn Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre. The special price is 120 € per night, including breakfast and all taxes. This price is valid for bookings before 8 March 2014 out of our allotment (reference “EAA ALLOTMENT”). Kindly book your accommodation as soon as possible directly with the hotel, as our allotment includes only a limited number of rooms, and please note the hotel’s cancellation policy.